Trying out Tuesday

In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It's Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

Five Lap Scratch

On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to squeeze through gaps to move up, and possibly make others feel funky… good race.

Point-a-Lap

I hate a point-a-lap. They are just not an event I have ever done well in. They are fast from the gun and only get faster. Undergeared and under-powered, I did enjoy about 7 laps second wheel behind Barman. I then faded, but was pleasantly surprised at my speed. With no track training, I guess losing over 60 pounds helps?

Points Race

Prior to our race, the beginners decided to crash rather dramatically. Lots of noise, sparks and people bouncing. I wasn't "phased" by this, but it led to a long delay. My legs felt like crap. I decided to stretch them out early, just a lap on the gas. It was fun to roll off the field and others commented later "It was good to see Scott roll off like Scott rolls off!" Anyway … 2-3 laps later, there was a HORRIFIC noise in the field. Sounded just like the previously described crash. I don't have time to bounce…. so I backed off…. went high, looking for bodies on the ground but they never showed up. Turns out Barman's chain came off. Riding a carbon bike, they amplify all sounds and make it sound like somebody abusing an aircraft carrier or something. As that sorted out they were ringing the bell…. I was OTB… race was over, but training continued for 21 more laps.

I've got some work to do, but man, I had fun!

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Trying out Tuesday…

In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It’s Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

Five Lap Scratch

On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to

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I miss blogging

Video killed the radio star.
Texting has killed conversation.
Facebook has effectively killed many forums.
Twitter (and ADHD) have killed the blog.

I miss blogging. I have always enjoyed writing up a description of an event in my life. Part of this is due to the “excitement” I get when I get a lot of comments, discussion or likes. I will admit to that the “attention whore” aspect of blogging is fun. That being said – I have always found it to be very cathartic. Just a mental mind dump about something that means something to me. Positive, negative or anywhere in between. I just enjoy writing it. (By now, most people have clicked back, but I’m not done!)

The beauty of this sort of issue is I hold the key to my problem right in my hands… just get typing! I think – I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. Not pay too much attention to my likes, comments and such – just do what I want to do, because I want to do it.

Look for more from my blog – it’s time to clear the mind from time to time!

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Is it the end of an era?

Maybe. After being treated like a second or third class citizen because I have a google apps account, I've FINALLY decided to just deal with the crap I lose – and move back to a Gmail account. +Zeke Cao explained some of it to me – and I appreciate that, but gmail is just easier.

Not that G+ is relevant or nearly as used – but I still like it – so you can find me over here (where I was originally) +Scott Patton for easy reference …

Hit me over there, or @ScottPatton on twitter – or text me – or hell, I'm even on FB now.

Peace out!

+Scott Patton

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Tales of the Tailpipe

So I got my motorcycle with an aftermarket exhaust, put on my some sort of odd-engineering specialist. This photo shows much of the reason I wanted to replace it. Little did I know that it was basically not connected to my motorcycle.

I found a full exhaust system for $130 .. used, but in perfect condition. I wont go into the 4 hour saga of installing it, but – lets just say it was a BITCH!

Everything worked GREAT… or so I thought. Turns out, my aftermarket center stand has a gizmo (shown below) that blocks the center stand from going up to far. The new one doesn't. I went for a short lunch ride today, to run an errand and I heard a really weird noise. Now… motorcycles make a lot of noise, but this one was funky. Turns out the center stand was going up high enough to hit the chain (just a little) and the chain was slowly cutting off the foot of the center stand. (well, at least part of it).

Glad I found it … after a little thought and analysis I managed to come up with a work around that will hold me over until at least the weekend.

Overall review on my Leo Vince pipe – AWESOME! Quieter than the old one, looks really nice, all the parts match and since its all bolted together – it doesn't backfire!

#winning
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Tales of the Tailpipe

So I got my motorcycle with an aftermarket exhaust, put on my some sort of odd-engineering specialist. This photo shows much of the reason I wanted to replace it. Little did I know that it was basically not connected to my motorcycle.

I found a full exhaust system for $130 .. used, but in perfect condition. I wont go into the 4 hour saga of installing it, but – lets just say it was a BITCH!

Everything worked GREAT… or

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